Don’t for­get the birds and bees in hot weather

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE LAn­der­son­[email protected]­me­

WAN­GARATTA res­i­dent Carmel Bar­nett is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to fill up their bird­baths this sum­mer to keep the birds and the bees cool and con­tent.

The 77 year old and her hus­band Robert sit at a large win­dow fac­ing their front lawn to watch the birds splash about in their bird­bath and visit their feeder.

“We have a large bird bath on the front lawn and we sit at our big win­dow and watch the foot traf­fic and the birds and pick the species from our big Aus­tralian bird book,” Carmel said.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise but bees also need wa­ter to cool their hives so we make sure our bird­bath is full to help main­tain the num­bers and keep them happy.

“Any gar­den is a big help to these an­i­mals, lots of shade, bushes that at­tracts honey birds and bees, and wa­ter goes a long way.

“We also urge ev­ery­one to put bells on your cats if they roam around out­side.”

Carmel and Robert don’t call them­selves bird en­thu­si­asts; they have just re­cently found plea­sure in watch­ing birds en­joy their bird­bath and so far have seen a “re­ally sur­pris­ing va­ri­ety of birds”.

“It’s just fun to watch the birds bring their ba­bies, who are in no rush to get out, and have them come to us with­out us hav­ing to go any­where,” Carmel said.

This week’s weather will def­i­nitely call for bird­baths to be full with tem­per­a­tures go­ing up to a max­i­mum of 41 on Thurs­day and above 30 all through the week.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

HAPPY BIRDS: Carmel Bar­nett with her bird­bath which she fills for the many birds and bees that visit her gar­den.

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